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$500 Build

Last response: in Systems
March 18, 2012 11:57:10 PM

So, this isn't anything major, and this isn't really set in stone. But I'm thinking of trying out AMD. Here is a mock-build, that I think will be good for everyday use, but also good for most games currently.


CPU Cooler:


Video Card:


Power Supply:


Case Fans (2):

P.S. I have run benchmarks with these specifications for games like Skyrim, Saints Row: The Third, Modern Warfare 3, and other new games, and it performs at a High Performance, but please tell me anything else you think I should add.

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March 19, 2012 10:05:56 AM

That looks OK if you really have to go with AMD but you could get a Pentium G620 and an HD 6850 for this price, the CPU is about the same in most games and the GPU is way better.
March 19, 2012 11:17:23 AM

That is a weak graphics card. I wouldn't try to run any of those games with anything under a 6850. (which is 30-40 dollars more) Like jm said^ you could do a pentium sandy bridge which offers superior gaming experience (at stock, although you could overclock that phenom to better performance levels.)

Also do not go with a cheap psu go with a quality reputable brand like corsair, antec, seasonic, pc power&cooling etc...
March 19, 2012 11:46:09 AM

This would blow that away in games:

Intel Pentium G620
8GB Mushkin Enhanced Essentials
ASRock H61M/U3S3
HIS HD 6850 1GB
Seagate Barracuda 500GB
Antec Earthwatts EA-430 430W
Fractal Design Core 1000
LG DVD Burner

Total - $504.92 (Newegg) before $20 rebates